Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
The papers of ceramicist Glen Lukens measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1983. The bulk of the papers consist of letters from Lukens to family members, and other correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues. Notably, letters describe Lukens' time working in Haiti to establish a ceramic industry, his views on United States involvement in World War II, and the Watts Riots in Los Angeles in 1965. Also found are biographical materials, scattered writings and notes on ceramics and other subjects, printed materials, and photographs.
Glen Lukens papers, 1920-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on microfilm reels 5662-5663 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container listing does not reflect the order of the material on microfilm.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Glen Lukens letters to Roy Walker, circa 1930-1945.
Glen Lukens (1887-1967) was a ceramicist, educator, and writer active in Southern California. He taught at the University of Southern California where he founded the school's ceramics department and later established the ceramics industry in Haiti.
The Glen Lukens papers were donated by his niece, Vera O'Dell in 1983.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001